Kia Is Readying The EV6 GT For Australian Roads


The flagship Kia EV GT is gearing up for its Australian launch in the fourth quarter and is in the midst of a ride and handling program to get it ready for local roads.

Suspension tuning of the potent EV6 GT commenced in Europe where an Australian product and tuning team traveled to Germany and searched for ‘B grade’ roads to replicate those found in Australia. The testing regime also involved the EV6 GT being driven on the Nurburgring before the hydraulic tune of the shock absorbers and the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system was locked in.

More recently, finishing touches to the suspension have been made during tests on roads around Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

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“Being given the opportunity to add a new dynamic halo to our range, it was important we developed an Australian tune and not simply adopt a spec from another market,” General Manager of Product at Kia Australia, Ronald Rivero, said in a statement. “The importance of our requirement for a localized and unique tune is supported by headquarters and allows Kia Australia one of only four Global Tuning Specs available for EV6 GT. Despite the hurdles that confronted us, from the lack of availability of a test mule in Namyang to the impracticalities of Covid-19 restrictions in Korea requiring 7-days isolation, we negotiated an unprecedented new process of initial tuning in Germany and then fine-tuning in Australia.”

While the EV6 GT will launch in Australia in the fourth quarter, Kia has yet to announce technical specifications nor pricing details about it. With this being said, it will likely be the same as in other markets, where a pair of electric motors combine to deliver 577 hp and 546 lb-ft (740 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.


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